Robert Simmons

Exec Dir, BEI
Urban Teachers

Robert Simmons III, EdD is an adjunct professorial lecturer at American University and Executive Director of the Black Educators Initiative at Urban Teachers. During his career as an educator, Robert has served in senior leadership roles at the See Forever Foundation, Campaign for Black Male Achievement and the District of Columbia Public Schools. Additionally, Robert was the founding director of the Center for Innovation in Urban Education and Institute for Urban Catholic Education at Loyola University Maryland. As a tenured, associate professor in the School of Education, and affiliated faculty member in African/African American studies, Robert served as a research associate at the Baltimore Education Research Consortium at Johns Hopkins University.

A former middle school science teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, Robert was nominated twice as the Walt Disney National Teacher of the Year and once for the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Foundation Outstanding Educator Award. Robert has been a fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation and the Fulbright Memorial Fund.

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